Oyo state governor; Engr Seyi Makinde has said that the newly refurbished Lekan Salami Sports Complex will be inaugurated with the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan playing host to a European team from Slovakia.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde saying that the inaugural match will kick off at about 8 p.m., under floodlights.
Governor Makinde who made these remarks on Saturday at the World Lilies Event Centre, Queens School Road, Apata, Ibadan, during the 30th Anniversary of the Ibadan Golf Club said; “For the first time in the history of Lekan Salami Stadium, Shooting Stars will be playing a team from Slovakia and we will be kicking off at about 8 p.m. So, we will play the game under floodlight.
“We will be watching subsequent games of the Shootings Starts under floodlights. When we are done from work, we will go home and relax and watch our darling team,” he added.
While addressing the state’s and country’s present security situation, the governor called for effective coordination among legislators from the National and State Assembly to join the call for state police, regardless of their political affiliations.
The governor consequently urged individuals who are politicizing insecurity to reconsider, claiming that insecurity knows no political parties or religions.
He said: “I don’t want to politicize insecurity because when things happen, hardly will they ask whether you are PDP or APC or whether you are a Christian or a Muslim.”
He went on to say that state police are the answer to insecurity in the states, and he urged lawmakers at both the federal and state levels to campaign for it in their chambers.
“Players will come and go. Governors will come and go. We are pushing for state police because we believe it is going to be a game-changer for the people.
“Call your Senators, members of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, irrespective of their party affiliation, ask them to do something.
“Call them to support this, and when it comes to Oyo State, I can give you the assurance that the State Assembly will pass it,” the governor said.
The governor further said: “I have gone around to take responsibility for some of the issues we are faced with, security-wise. But I want to beg of you, on security, we have to take collective responsibility. The government alone cannot do it, as all of us must come together and play our parts.
“In your neighborhood, if you see something, say something and the government will do something.”
Governor Makinde, who congratulated members of the Ibadan Golf Club on their 30th anniversary, promised to continue to support the club while also doing more to encourage sports growth in Oyo State.